September 19, 2014
School of International Affairs Professor and Middle East expert discusses Obama’s strategy for dealing with the Islamic State
Professor Flynt L. Leverett appeared on the international RT network show CrossTalk as part of a panel discussion on the current U.S. policy regarding the Islamic State and historically throughout the Middle East. Leverett was part of a panel, which included Michael Maloof, a writer for WorldNetDaily and Joshua Landis Associate Professor in the School of International and Area Studies at the University of Oklahoma. RT (Russia Today) is a global news channel broadcasting from Moscow and Washington studios to over 100 countries around the globe.
Some of the questions the panel discussed included,
- Is the West still seeking regime change in Syria amid the growing threat of the Islamic State?
- Is the US ready to put domestic politics aside to team up with Iran, Syria, or Hezbollah to defeat the IS?
- What is America's ultimate plan in trying to intervene in both Syria's and Iraq's civil wars?
An expert on the Middle East, international political economy, and Chinese foreign policy, Flynt Leverett is part of the founding faculty for Penn State's School of International Affairs, faculty affiliate at the Dickinson School of Law, and a visiting scholar at Peking University's School of International Studies. With his wife and frequent co-author, Hillary Mann Leverett, he writes www.GoingToTehran.com, a prominent forum for realist analysis on Iran and the Middle East.